Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday is coming up on February 10th. At RUMC, we will have our annual Ash Wednesday service that evening in the sanctuary at 6:30 PM. (Please note that regular Wonderful Wednesday activities will be suspended for that evening.) Pastor Merritt is calling on us to observe a day of fasting and prayer on Ash Wednesday.

Methodist Men Invited to Ash Wednesday Breakfast
All United Methodist Men of the South Central District have been invited to annual Ash Wednesday Breakfast at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa (note the change in venue).  The breakfast will begin at 6:30 AM, and the cost of the event is $8.00. Jamie Westlake, the Senior Pastor at New Hope UMC (formerly First Brandon UMC) will be the speaker.

Let Jack Findlay, our UMC President, know if you want to go with the men of our church. Or you can call Ken Blackman (629-4380) or Elsil Chase (612-9523) directly.

Next Sunday is Valentine’s Day
Next Sunday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. In honor of that special day, there will be a catered Sweetheart Banquet luncheon immediately following the service. Individual tickets are on sale this Sunday for $10 apiece—get your ticket from your nearby Care Committee member or from the church office.

Next Sunday will also be a special worship service time, as we will be joined by our Hispanic Congregation in a unity service. So, bring your Valentine for a special morning of worship and celebration.

Introducing Two New Women’s Studies
Attention Ladies: The Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study is initiating a new study for Lent, starting on Wednesday, March 17. They will be completing the study of “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson.

This study reveals how to make praying the Jabez prayer a lifetime habit. Readers will broaden their understanding of the four components of the Jabez prayer ("bless me; enlarge my borders; keep Your hand upon me; keep me from evil") by investigating key scriptural passages and learning how to apply them to their lives. For more information about the Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study, contact Sharon Cayce at 802-8325.

Likewise, the Monday morning Women’s Bible Study will be beginning a new study from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. For the next six weeks they will look into “The Life You Always Wanted” by John Ortberg. Dr. Ortberg describes how living life Jesus’ way will truly be the life you always wanted to live. You can contact Diana Williams, the study facilitator, at 677-3261.

RUMC Annual Talent Show
The RUMC Talent Show will be coming on Saturday, March 5th. Sponsored by our United Methodist Women, the festivities begin at 6:30 PM. Dessert and coffee will be served. If you have a talent that you want to put on display, contact Gary or Kim Floyd, and put your name on the list.

Save the Date: April 15-17
The Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park will be holding a Spiritual Gifts Retreat for couples and singles during the weekend of April 15-17. Speakers will include Bishop Carter and his wife and John Riley. Retreat music will be provided by the Lighthouse Band of Coral Gables. Registration information for this retreat will be posted at the United Methodist Men website,

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The Bible Passage of the Week
Without Love … Nothing!

If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (Phillips)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for 
All Ages (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Online Giving at RUMC

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

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  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 9
Finance Committee.  Library, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 10 
(Ash Wednesday)
SCD United Methodist Men Breakfast.  Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, 6:30 AM
Ash Wednesday Service.  Sanctuary, 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 13
General Conference Planning Session.  Lakeland First UMC, 72 Morton Lake Drive, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Sunday, February 14
Unity Service w/ Hispanic Congregation.  Sanctuary, 10 AM.
Sweetheart Banquet.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:20 AM. Tickets are $10 apiece available from the Care Committee.

Wednesday, February 17-
Friday, February 19
Missio Ecclesia, A “Church on Mission” Conference.  Grace UMC, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, Florida.

Friday, February 19
Lifeline Health and Wellness Day.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, by appointment. (Call 866-579-5069)

Saturday, February 27
Crue Savage Court of Honor.  Crichton Hall, 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2—Friday, March 4
Real Ideas Conference. Van Dyke Church, Lutz, Florida.

Saturday, March 5
RUMC Talent Show.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 6:30 PM.

Saturday, March 19
Easter Egg Hunt. Crichton Fellowship Hall and Church Grounds, 10:00 AM until Noon.

Friday, April 15-Sunday, April 17
Spiritual Gifts Retreat for Couples and Singles. Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, Florida.